Menopause, Menopause Symptoms

Guest Post: Dry Babe for Hot Mamas! (and a Super Cool Nightgown Giveaway)

A guest post by Wendy Collett, creator of Dry Babe:

In my business, I hear it all the time.  The changes to our bodies brought on by our dipping hormone levels are wreaking havoc on our health, our happiness our relationships and our sleep.  Like so many of you, I am not one to take this lying down – so to speak.

Sleep – Who Needs It? Turns out we all do:

A recent survey from the Better Sleep Council found that an increasing number of women feel that a good night’s sleep, like proper diet and exercise, is central to their overall health and well being. However, while they may understand this critical link, the poll also shows that women are failing to get the sleep they need.

Previous research shows that women are more sleep deprived than men, having greater difficulty falling and staying asleep and experiencing more daytime sleepiness. This most recent survey also found that some groups of women are experiencing more sleep loss than others. Regardless, women are united in their need to make sleep a priority to ensure optimal health and happiness.

 Quick Facts from the Survey

  • Sixty-eight percent (68%) of American women admit to sleeping less (and many much less) than recommended average of eight hours per night.
  • The top four factors that rob women of sleep:
    • Work- and/or family-related stress
    • Night Sweats
    • Ailments such as an allergy or cold
    • Uncomfortable mattress or pillow
  • One-third of women respondents feel that a balanced lifestyle requires a proper diet, regular exercise, and a good night’s sleep.

And so do we – which is the whole reason that Dry Babe came into being – those long sleepless nights I spent suffering from night sweats had to amount to something!

 For a long time, I would wake up at least once during the night soaking wet.  I had to get out of bed, towel off, change clothes and then try to get back to sleep. Does this sound familiar? Sometimes, hours later, there would be a repeat performance. Often, I would attempt to prod my husband to move over a bit to avoid sleeping in the “wet spot.” And the nights of interrupted sleep wore on and on.

At some point, I had the ingenious idea to sleep with a hand towel across my chest, between my skin and PJ’s. This worked wonders and I was now getting uninterrupted sleep. However, one July morning, I woke up before my husband.  He looked so peaceful and handsome. I then looked down and noticed the hand towel bursting out from the top of my night gown. This look was anything but cute.  I became incensed that there was no better solution – either sleep with a towel or wake up during the night wet? What kind of choice is that?

I got out of bed with a gleam if determination in my eye, fired up my lap top and got to work researching fabrics.  I had already spent the last three years trying every lotion, potion and garment for night sweats. Since the best solution so far had been the towel, I decided that I needed to start with fabrics that absorb.

This was a good plan because absorbent fabrics tend to be made from cotton and other natural materials.  I find polyester scratchy and uncomfortable and besides, it traps heat.  I bought small quantities of all the different types of cotton and high cotton content blends and tested them one per night for absorbency, comfort and softness.

After a while, I found the ultimate fabric that kept me dry and comfortable and tested it further by having a night gown made up in the fabric. It was important to me that the gown not only do its job (absorb moisture) but had to also be something that looked good on the body and felt good to the touch. No great granny looking night gowns need apply.

I had high hopes and some trepidation when I wore the night gown for the first time.  Will it do its job?  Will it be comfortable? Will it allow me to sleep through the night?  Turns out, the answer to all three questions is a big resounding YES! Eureka and hallelujah!  Sleep salvation can be found in sleepwear after all.

Not wanting to keep this sleep solution to myself, I went on to create Dry Babe so that other women can find comfort and a peaceful night’s sleep.  The response to Dry Babe has been overwhelming positive and we have received countless emails and testimonials that typically sound like this one:

I must say I didn’t wake up sweating at all with this beautiful night gown. Not only did I wake up dry I also had a good night sleep. YAY!!”- L.C. 

We at Dry Babe are honored to provide a sleep solution that works wonders on those problematic night sweats.

For optimal health and happiness, women need to make sleep a priority to ensure optimal health and happiness.  Dry Babe Absorbent Sleepwear for “Hot” Mamas helps to make Sleeping Beauties out of all of us.  Check out the website at www.drybabe.com.

Giveaway!  Wendy has kindly offered a nightgown to a winner!  Submit a comment saying you would like to win by July 18 at noon.  Winners will be chosen at random. Wendy sent me a Dry Babe nightgown. Although my own night sweats are over, I love the comfort, color, and fit of the gown, and it sure is cool on summer nights.

About Wendy:  Wendy Collett is the CEO and founder of Dry Babe™ – Absorbent Sleepwear for “Hot” Mamas -an innovative sleepwear solution for women experiencing night sweats.

Menopause, Menopause Symptoms, Night Sweats

In the Middle of the (Sweaty) Night

January:

This dampness was weird.  From middle of the night nowhere.

“I’m all sweaty,” I said to Cliff.

(We have the rule that if the other person seems to be awake, it’s okay to talk, even if it’s two a.m.)

“You’re using way too many covers,” he answered.  “You always have.”

(I have heard this is a common complaint of husbands.)

“But,” I said, “I used the same blanket and quilts last winter, and I didn’t have night sweats.  I bet this is it!  Menopause.”

August:

“I’m all sweaty,” I said to Cliff.

“It’s just hot in here.  Kick off that blanket.  It’s summer!”

“But,” I said, “I slept with this blanket last year, and I didn’t have night sweats.”

(I have to have a certain amount of cover weight on me, even in summer or otherwise, I feel like Middle of the Night Monsters could snatch me up.)

The Next Year:

The same conversations!   (Many times.)   Maybe husbands feel some sadness when menopause approaches (or they’ve heard enough about it to get a little sweaty with worry).

Now:

I’m two years into The Great Pause, and Cliff still won’t admit those were real night sweats.  (They’ve gone, BTW.)  

But I knew it was menopause, and it was.

Sweet things can happen in the middle of the night.  A cat can purr near your pillow.  Rain can drum a lullaby.  An idea can arrive for a new blog post.  And husbands can think of you as forever twenty-one.

More about Night SweatsEveryday Health explains the biology of night sweats.

Photo:  I often wonder about our menopausal sisters of yesteryear and wish I could hear their stories.  Too bad these vintage nightgowns can’t talk.  They might have some night sweaty tales to tell.